As a steward of the ministry to which God has entrusted, an individual in ministry leadership must closely guard his or her actions to avoid bringing reproach upon himself, the ministry, the church, or God Himself. The extent to which Warrior Family can fulfill its vision to IMPACT Families With HOPE rests in part on our integrity. Because individuals approved into leadership carry the integrity of WFM into the secular community, leaders must strive to be above reproach in every way. See 1 Timothy 3:2-15, 6:3-14; Titus 1:7-9.
The following behaviors are prohibited in Scripture and will interfere with a leader’s ability to lead:
- Sexual immorality, including infidelity and premarital sex.
- Substance abuse, including drunkenness and illegal drug use.
Even though some actions may not be sinful in fact, they may nevertheless bring reproach by a third-person observer, thus weakening the ability of the church to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. See 1 Corinthians 9:22-23; 1 Peter 2:12. Where the Word is silent on a particular action or behavior, a Christ follower must, through prayer, seek God’s direction and live within the wisdom of the principles of Romans 14:13-23.
Leaders must use discretion in the following areas:
- Manner of dress.
- Alcohol use.
- Behavior in public places, such as bars, concerts, sporting events, etc.
- Interaction on social media.
- Relationships with the opposite sex.